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Shiloh Sacred Harp Singing

Shiloh Museum, Springdale, Arkansas

Saturday, May 7, 2005

The Shiloh Sacred Harp Singing was held on the first Saturday in May at the Shiloh Museum in Springdale, Arkansas. Syd Caldwell called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. Bill Caldwell offered the opening prayer. Syd Caldwell led 39t.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Bill Caldwell; Vice Chairman/Arranging Committee—Syd Caldwell; Secretary—Alice Moran.

Dan Brittain conducted a class on how to read the shapes of the notes, and the origin of how it got started.

Leaders: Syd Caldwell 87; Bill Caldwell 556; Alice Moran 480; Beverly Coats 146; Dan Brittain 456; Becky Browne 171; Gary Gronau 32t; Charlie Derleth 99; Presley Barker 36b; Don Ross 271t; Diane Ross 455; Emily Gruber 196; Anita Buswell 61.


The class resumed singing with Syd Caldwell leading 13 (MH). Leaders: Wayman Minor 89; Dan Brittain 66; Shannon Seyler 299; Bill Caldwell 217.


Becky Browne and Presley Barker brought the afternoon session to order leading 481.

A memorial lesson was held with 475 led for the deceased and for the sick and shut-ins. The following deceased were remembered: Gary McGraw, Naomi Sailors, and Marshall Avery—Georgia; Ruth White—Illinois; Phillip Alderman—Missouri; Nathanial Keith—New Hampshire; Allen Fannin—New York; Darlene McDonough—Minnesota; Kelly Beard and Billie Beard—Texas; John Hocutt, J.C. Hardin, Elvin Guthrie, Sherry Guthery, Ronnie Meadows, and Ivalene Donaldson—Alabama.

The following sick and shut-ins were remembered: Jeanette Lowry, Myra Palmer, Gladys McGraw, Myrtle Smith, Nancy Allen, I.V. McWhorter, Flarce Creel, Donnie McGraw, Amanda Denson, Clarence McCool, Alice Edwards, Elsie Beasley, Edith Tate, Mary Gardner, Glen Emerson, Howard Stones, and Dolores Katz. The memorial was closed with prayer.

Leaders: Dan Brittain 387, 438; Syd Caldwell 436; Alice Moran 163b; Charlie Derleth 108t; Don Ross 198; Gary Gronau 11 (MH); Diane Ross 497; Becky Browne 203; Presley Barker 17 (MH); Anita Buswell 515; Syd Caldwell 460.


Bill Caldwell called the afternoon session to order leading 276. Leaders: Bill Caldwell 276; Beverly Coats 454, 569b; Wayman Minor -292; Dan Brittain 54 (MH); Shannon Seyler 306; Presley Barker 34 (t? b?); Syd Caldwell 528; Anita Buswell 274t; Diane Ross 430; Becky Browne 142; Don Ross 547; Syd Caldwell 282; Gary Gronau 411,183.


The class resumed singing with Syd Caldwell leading 336.

Leaders: Wayman Minor 401; Jana Stephens 265 (?); Anita Buswell 100; Bill Caldwell 178; Charlie Derleth 496, 348b (request); Susie 49b; Diane Ross and Don Ross 225t; Bill Caldwell and Alice Moran 344.

Announcements were made. Syd Caldwell and Beau Caldwell led 45t as the closing song. Bill Caldwell offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Bill Caldwell; Vice Chairman—Syd Caldwell; Secretary—Alice Moran.